stepping stones gardeners

I begin the drive to Mochudi- the first sizable village north of Gaborone- my baakie laden with wooden pallets to construct a compost bin, empty glass bottles, a box of seeds, and bags of elephant dung from Mokolodi Game Reserve.  The sun shines strongly in the wintertime and I feel it baking my skin as … Continue reading

to desert moonscapes, the skeleton coast, and back.

This trip was about visiting our friend Joseph, who Ty and I met in Harare, Zimbabwe last October during a permaculture design course.  Joseph is from the San bushmen, lives in Namibia, and works with people in his communities to create food gardens in the Khalahari Desert. Ty and I sat on the front stoop … Continue reading

afternoon conversations under a green leafed canopy on a humid summer’s day in malawi

Parables of Malawian people are carved into the massive wooden doors that open onto the stone patio at June Walkers home.  We sit in chairs at a table across from a chorus of mixed plants in various sized pots gathering around the midsection of a tree.  We sit elevated, as if on a platform in … Continue reading

Researching Medicinal Plants in Botswana

Recently I visited the lab of a researcher at University of Botswana whose aim is to find plants that can be used to treat illnesses among humans and animals.  He showed me three different labs.  The first had small glass bottles with dark orange dried plant material in a thin film around the bottles.  He … Continue reading

“time is a pony ride” talking heads

Time isn’t holding us, Time isn’t after us, Time isn’t owning up, Time is a pony ride. ~Talking Heads Something has created cognitive dissonance in my mind for years.  Maybe it makes sense to most people and I’m the lagging animal in the pack, but for quite some time I could never get this straight … Continue reading

Stop Being So Religious ~ Hafiz

What Do sad people have in Common? It seems They have all built a shrine To the past And often go there And do a strange wail and Worship. What is the beginning of Happiness? It is to stop being So religious Like That. ~Hafiz

Women’s Health in Southern Africa

A reality of southern Africa is the high rate of HIV/AIDS infections among the regional population. Swaziland and Botswana are the two countries with the highest (in the world) rates of HIV among their populations. Interestingly, many women are also showing up with cervical cancer. During the recent National Hiv/Aids, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Other … Continue reading

Words from Ernest Hemingway

Excerpt from The Green Hills of Africa, which must include one of the longest sentences in literary history: If you serve time for society, democracy, and the other things quite young, and declining any further enlistment make yourself responsible only to yourself, you exchange the pleasant, comforting stench of comrades for something you can never … Continue reading

Permaculture Research Institute Australia

Link to the PRI’s website about the Nsumbi project.  Old news, new link. http://permaculture.org.au/author/Prentiss%20Darden/ *photo unrelated to post, just bringing in some color*

thanks to david frierman!

Big thanks to David Frierman for a donation he made to the Stepping Stones permaculture garden.  David is trained and practices as a Chinese Medical Doctor.  I met him while volunteering in the acupuncture clinic at Outside In (clinic and social services organization for homeless youth) in Portland, Oregon.  He is an entertaining, intelligent, and … Continue reading